Is It Natural?
The FDA and the USDA do not regulate the term organic as it applies to cosmetics, body care products or personal care products as they do food items. There’s no regulation unless the body care product carries the actual USDA Organic Seal. This is very confusing to consumers and allows body care companies to get away with “natural ” labeling.
There are not enough safety regulations on cosmetic care products. Many products you assume are safe might not actually be. People believe that because a beauty product is a certain name brand or expensive, it has the safest ingredients and that is not true! Manufacturers often use packaging and wording that can mislead you into thinking products are more natural than they really are!
Some Chemicals In Your Cosmetics
3. Quaternium-15 and other formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
Quaternium-15 is one of the more common ones, used in mascara, pressed powders, and eyeliners. In addition to potentially causing cancer, this ingredient can cause skin sensitivities and irritation. Choose products that use natural alternatives that perform similar functions such as essential oils, grapefruit seed extract, and
4. Peg compounds
Polyethylene glycols, or PEGs, are petroleum-based compounds that are used to thicken, soften, and gelatinize cosmetics, making them a common ingredient in cream-based products. The main issue with PEGs is that they are often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane.
Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen, potentially harmful to the nervous system and human development. It is a possible human carcinogen that can remain in the environment for long periods of time without degrading.
The number next to PEG indicates how many units of ethylene glycol they comprise, such as PEG-4 or PEG-150. The lower the number, the more easily the product absorbs into your skin.
5. Butylated compounds (BHT, BHA)
This is another unhealthy ingredient that’s in our products so we can keep them on our shelves for a longer period of time. BHA and BHT are used as preservatives in dozens of products. These chemicals are endocrine disruptors, may cause skin allergies, and are linked to organ, developmental, and reproductive toxicity.
There’s evidence that suggests that BHT mimics estrogen, which can throw off hormonal function in both men and women. In accumulation, this could lead to serious health consequences! Avoid these ingredients, and turn to products with natural preservatives instead, like aspen bark extract and vitamin E.
Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics. Parabens can mimic estrogen and have been detected in human breast cancer tissue. They also interfere with reproduction, the nervous system, and the immune system. Parabens have gained such a bad rep that some companies now use phenoxyethanol.
Japan recently banned phenoxyethanol in cosmetics, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out a consumer alert warning that it can “depress the central nervous system and may cause vomiting and diarrhea” in infants. Avoid both parabens and phenoxyethanol in your skincare!